Meghan Trainor: Before & After “Bass”

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Rachel Seo, Photojournalist

Because you know I’m all about that bass, ‘bout that bass, no treble.

Meghan Trainor’s rich voice was first released to the world on June 30, 2014. And with it, an explosion of media: a seven-week stay on the top of the charts (above both of Taylor Swift’s singles) and a sky-high rocket to celebrity popularity.

Born on December 22, 1993, Trainor grew up on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first song at the age of 13. After it became evident that she was cut for the line of work, her parents took her to songwriting conventions, where she eventually nabbed a publishing deal at the age of 18. Originally, she thought she couldn’t be a pop star because she didn’t look a certain way.

“All About That Bass” changed that.

“When the video first got sent to me, I cried,” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “When I got signed as a songwriter, I immediately thought, ‘Oh, no one sees me as an artist because I don’t look good enough.’ Now I hate that I ever doubted it. This is what I’m supposed to do.”

The song was written in forty minutes with her producer, Kevin Kadish. The two shopped its demo (sung by Trainor herself) around to other labels, looking for someone who might be able to sing it. However, their adventure took a drastic turn when L.A. Reid of Epic Records heard it and loved not only the song, but the voice on the demo. After singing it for Reid live, Trainor found herself with a record deal and, soon enough, public approval, including support here at YLHS.

“I think she’s a good role model for teenagers who feel insecure about themselves,” Caitlin Hui (10) said.

Trainor’s four-track EP (extended play) Title includes “Bass” (certified five times platinum by the RIAA) along with three other songs. A fourth song, “Lips Are Movin,” was released as a single in promotion for her debut album Title (not to be confused with the EP), which releases January 13.